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Free Speech Union Welcomes Vice-Chancellor’s Pivot Towards Free Speech

Wednesday, 15 December 2021, 5:52 pm | Free Speech Union

After speaking on behalf of the University in July to condemn seven eminent scientists for offering a defence of science in the Listener magazine, saying their words "caused hurt and dismay", University of Auckland Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dawn Freshwater, ... More >>

Exclusive: Royal Society Is Investigating Academics For Defending Science

Wednesday, 17 November 2021, 12:27 pm | Free Speech Union

The Free Speech Union can reveal that two academic fellows are being investigated by The Royal Society of New Zealand for being among those to put their name to a letter in defence of science which was published earlier this year in The Listener ... More >>

Free Speech Union Welcomes Legislation To Defend Freedom Of Expression On University Campuses

Thursday, 21 October 2021, 1:43 pm | Free Speech Union

The Free Speech Union welcomes the introduction of the Education (Freedom of Expression) Amendment Bill drawn from the ballot this afternoon in the name of Dr. James McDowall. This Bill will strengthen free speech on university campus, and ensures tertiary ... More >>

Name suppression for Wanaka escapees would be wrong

Monday, 13 September 2021, 4:16 pm | Free Speech Union

The Free Speech Union is calling for the couple - one reportedly a child of a Government official - who breached lockdown not to have name suppression says Free Speech Union spokesperson, and lawyer, Stephen Franks. “Name suppression will be the worst move ... More >>

Statement On Friday's West Auckland Terrorist Attack

Sunday, 5 September 2021, 1:26 pm | Free Speech Union

5 September, 2021 Two years ago in Christchurch, New Zealand was subjected to a horrific act of extreme violence, in the name of ideology. Now another terrorist attack has been carried out, this time in Auckland. Both of these despicable acts ... More >>

Record Public Feedback Against Government’s Proposed Anti-speech Laws

Friday, 6 August 2021, 3:20 pm | Free Speech Union

More than 15,000 Kiwis have submitted to the Ministry of Justice against the proposed “hate speech” laws and endorsed Free Speech Union’s submission via its submission tool website .  In addition, nearly 40,000 ... More >>

More Than 10,000 New Zealanders Submit Against Proposed “Hate Speech” Changes

Wednesday, 4 August 2021, 10:26 am | Free Speech Union

The Kiwi public has responded loud and clear to the Government’s questions raised in the consultation document on proposed hate speech changes: they don’t want the Government policing their speech, says Jonathan Ayling, Campaign Manager for the ... More >>

FSU Backs Academic Freedom To Call Out Flat-earthers

Thursday, 29 July 2021, 11:49 am | Free Speech Union

The Free Speech Union is backing a University Lecturer's fight for academic freedom, against University of Waikato attempts to stop him from describing people as "cranks", who claim on religious authority that the earth is flat, and that people lived alongside ... More >>

Kiwis Opposed To Hate Speech Changes According To Recent Polling

Thursday, 15 July 2021, 4:56 pm | Free Speech Union

"Polling commissioned by the Free Speech Union shows that kiwis aren’t interested in the Government’s proposed changes to hate speech laws, saying ‘no’ to policed speech", says Dr. David Cumin, a Spokesperson for the Free Speech Union. “43% ... More >>

Defence Force's Pulling Of Anti-woke Essay Shows Lack Of Moral Courage

Thursday, 8 July 2021, 12:35 pm | Free Speech Union

The decision by the Chief of the Defence Force to remove an essay which had been selected as the best written in an essay competition because he didn’t like what it claimed is chilling, and a troubling attack on free speech. Spokesperson for the ... More >>

Hate Speech Detector: Website Launched For Kiwis To Check Their Speech Against New Laws

Friday, 2 July 2021, 12:22 pm | Free Speech Union

Given recent confusion about what the proposed ‘hate speech’ laws mean, which appeared to even stump the Prime Minister and Minister of Justice, the Free Speech Union has launched a vital tool for Kiwis to ‘check their speech’ at ... More >>

Free Speech Union Welcome Judith Collins As Member

Thursday, 1 July 2021, 8:29 am | Free Speech Union

The Free Speech Union Is Pleased To Welcome Aboard Its Newest Member, National Party Leader, The Hon Judith Collins, And Believe It Is The First Time A Serving Leader Of The National Party Has Joined A Registered Trade Union. Free Speech Union spokesman, ... More >>

Free Speech Union Welcome Judith Collins As Member

Thursday, 1 July 2021, 5:13 am | Free Speech Union

The Free Speech Union is pleased to welcome aboard its newest member, National Party Leader, the Hon Judith Collins, and believe it is the first time a serving leader of the National Party has joined a registered trade union. Free Speech Union spokesman, ... More >>

If The Prime Minister Doesn't Understand Her 'hate Speech' Law, How Are Kiwis Supposed To?

Monday, 28 June 2021, 12:31 pm | Free Speech Union

The more that our elected lawmakers talk about the proposed 'hate speech' laws, the more concerned New Zealanders should become, according to the Free Speech Union. “Over the weekend the Minister of Justice, Kris Faafoi, couldn't clearly say that ... More >>

Hate Speech Laws Will Not Make New Zealand A Safer And More Tolerant Society

Friday, 25 June 2021, 1:59 pm | Free Speech Union

The Free Speech Union is reacting with concern to the Government's plan to make speech criminal and says the proposals will go no way towards making New Zealand a safer and more tolerant society. The law would change so that a person who intentionally ... More >>

Chief Human Rights Commissioner Should Stay In His Lane

Thursday, 24 June 2021, 12:18 pm | Free Speech Union

The Free Speech Union says that Chief Human Rights Commissioner Paul Hunt wasn’t hired to tell artists what work they can and can’t produce. He should start defending human rights, not stand against freedom of expression. A spokesperson for the Union, ... More >>

Professor Philip Joseph Joins Free Speech Court Case

Wednesday, 2 June 2021, 12:08 pm | Free Speech Union

Because the issues are so important, Professor Philip Joseph, the author of New Zealand’s leading textbook on Constitutional and Administrative Law, has volunteered to support the Free Speech Union’s lead barrister Jack Hodder QC before the Supreme ... More >>

New Trade Union Launched To Promote Free Speech

Wednesday, 5 May 2021, 3:19 pm | Free Speech Union

The Free Speech Coalition is relaunching as a trade union under the name “Free Speech Union” and has successfully registered under the Employment Relations Act. “That name is not ironic”, says Dr David Cumin, a founding member of the Union’s ... More >>